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THE CHALKBOARD: Loma Vista students ‘Walking and Rolling’

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Loma Vista Immersion Academy designates Wednesdays as “Walk and Roll To School” days. Students are encouraged to bike, walk or skate to school with friends on this day each week as a way to engage in a healthy activity as well as learning about caring for the planet.

The students at La Tercera Elementary School have been getting into character for their upcoming Angel Island adventure. The process includes getting their photos taken in time-period clothing by a photographer who was educating the children on the art of tintype photography. The fifth-graders were truly fascinated with the Civil War-era technology. Looks like this filed trip will provide an array of lessons in American history for these young scholars. Also getting in on the excitement of learning were the school’s third-graders, who welcomed the Schollenberger Park docents to campus to share information about the wildlife and unique habitat surrounding Schollenberger Park right here in our own backyard. The classroom instruction ties in with a park visit where docents will share more information and provide a variety of activities for students to learn about this local habitat.

In keeping with the spirit of reenactments and curriculum focused on historical time periods, the students at Sonoma Mountain Charter School donned their best Revolutionary garb and “walked through history” on campus last week. The students participated in presentations offering information on this impactful time in our nation’s story.

Valley Vista Elementary is hosting its Plant Sale on Saturday from 10 a.m. until noon in front of the school entrance. Students are offering vegetable seedlings, herbs and succulents. Valley Vista has a bountiful garden on campus that also offers outdoor student learning classrooms and gathering spots for the school community. The Valley Vista Vikings are also planning their annual Latin Dinner event. This favorite gathering of students and their families celebrates the student body with games, bake sales, food and much more. The event this year takes place on April 20 and will be the 23rd annual Latin Dinner on campus.

Harvest Christian School welcomed Morgan Campbell from the California Hawking Club for a falcon presentation to Mrs. Priest’s fourth-grade class. After finishing My Side of the Mountain, they wanted to learn more about falconry. Campbell brought two of his young apprentices and mesmerized the students with his vast knowledge, shares Mrs. Priest. Mrs. Fink’s fifth-grade class joined in on the learning, which was exciting for all. Priest noted the California Hawking Club was formed in 1971 by a small group of dedicated falconers to preserve and promote the public image of the art of falconry. Mr. Campbell brought an American Kestrel, America’s smallest falcon, and the Red-tailed hawk, one of America’s largest hawks for this visit.

The Econ Week tradition at St. Vincent High School continued this year with a daily selection of “eateries” run by student teams who were using the event to gain hands on experience in planning, budgeting, market share, advertising and other business skills. The friendly competition among students benefits the entire campus by offering a wide variety of menus available in the school’s quad area. “These young entrepreneurs built businesses and strategized for the most successful store front — including business identities, profit and loss statements, and charitable donations” according to the school.

Don’t forget to tune in tomorrow (Friday) night to see the Giants take on the Dodgers — you may catch a glimpse of the Petaluma Junior High and Kenilworth Junior High band students as they perform the National Anthem in centerfield to start the game. A total of 625 tickets were sold though the Petaluma Educational Foundation to fans of these local all-stars so our community will be well represented. Go, Petaluma!

(Maureen Highland is a Petaluma mother and executive director for the Petaluma Educational Foundation. She can be reached at schools@arguscourier.com)